NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is not positive if he’ll be open to reinstating Joel Quenneville if the previous coach asks to return to the league.
“I do not know. That is one thing I will have to handle with him instantly,” Bettman advised ESPN’s Jeremy Schaap on Friday’s episode of The Level.
Quenneville resigned as Florida Panthers head coach final October after an investigation revealed how the Chicago Blackhawks mishandled allegations that former participant Kyle Seaside was sexually abused by an assistant coach in 2010. Quenneville was the pinnacle coach of that group, which captured the Stanley Cup that season.
That resignation got here after a gathering in New York with Bettman, who mentioned that “all events agreed that it was not acceptable that he proceed to function Florida’s head coach.”
The NHL did not formally droop Quenneville, however Bettman mentioned that if Quenneville needed one other NHL place he would “require a gathering upfront as a way to decide the suitable circumstances underneath which such new employment may happen.”
Bettman advised Schaap that Quenneville has expressed a normal want to return to the NHL, although not for a particular job opening.
“He has indicated that he would, on the acceptable time, wish to be a part of the sport once more,” mentioned Bettman. “I do not suppose that is the time. However we’ll see what occurs sooner or later.”
The commissioner mentioned it was clear that Quenneville had “let the sport down” together with his actions.
“A head coach, any coach, has a duty to the people who find themselves entrusted to that individual,” Bettman advised Schaap. “What he must do, or hasn’t accomplished, I believe at this stage it is between him and me.”
Quenneville mentioned on the time of his resignation that he “expressed sorrow” for the ache that Seaside suffered.
“My former group, the Blackhawks, failed Kyle and I personal my share of that,” Quenneville mentioned in an announcement on the time to TSN. “I wish to mirror on how all of this occurred and take the time to teach myself on making certain hockey areas are secure for everybody.”
Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL historical past, his 969 victories trailing solely the 1,244 amassed by Scotty Bowman. He has beforehand coached the St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche, the Blackhawks and the Panthers.